We are Ryan and Rachel Swanson – a husband-and-wife team of local photographers with a passion for love, life, and the visual medium. We were born and raised right here in New Orleans, LA. While we live just outside the city, (in the suburbs with our two cats), our passion takes us all over New Orleans, on our mission to help brides and grooms-to-be make unforgettable memories.

We believe in true love and the bond of marriage. That’s why we do what we love, we love what we do, and we do it well.

But – we’re not here to talk about us. We’re here to talk about you, and the relationship we want to build with you before picking up the camera.

As a married couple ourselves, we’ve been in your shoes. We know first-hand just how stressful it is to plan a wedding. Worrying about whether or not the photographer will do their job is just…unnecessary. With us, you can focus on getting all the other wedding vendors in line. We’ve been capturing weddings for years, working hard behind-the-scenes to capture the moments you can’t afford to miss.

Our diverse experience and industry knowledge speaks for itself. We care just as much about making your wedding special as you do. We invest our emotions and energy into each wedding we’re responsible for capturing. No forced or awkward angles. We’ll help you be yourself in a relaxed environment, using mostly natural lighting.

The most beautiful moments are the ones that are unscripted and raw. You’re marrying this person for who they are in real life, not for who they are on-camera. We have a very unique directing style, ‘letting shit happen’ the way it’s supposed to. Think about it, once the dust has settled and your wedding album is in your hands, do you want to see a bunch of stiff, ‘planned’ photographs, or, a collection of irreplaceable moments that you can relive for lifetimes to come.

At the end of the day, you’re marrying the person you love. This isn’t an episode of Keeping up with the Kardasha-what’s. This is true love. True love deserves true class, and the right lighting, angles, and techniques to deliver memories you can cherish for generations.

Our promise to you is simple: To provide a wedding photography experience that’s just as unique as you. We photograph in a uniquely journalistic and timeless manner. We wouldn’t deliver anything we’re not proud of. That would be…weird. We capture and deliver wedding pictures we would, in fact, be jealous of.

This is your legacy. It matters.


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Our clients are kindred spirits, strong, fiercely independent, and wildy in love with one another. 

My husband and I weren’t planning on taking engagement pictures, but thanks to social media—Swanson Photography popped up. After our shoot with them, even before we saw any teasers... We already knew that we wanted them to shoot our wedding. Theu made both of us feel so comfortable. Everyone was impressed on our wedding day.
— Sophie & Corey
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Looking for a photographer is so stressful. After seeing ryan & rachael running around, capturing every moment of a friend’s wedding my husband and I decided “Yep, thats who we want for our photography.” Working with The Swansons was fun and laid back (definitely the vibe you want on your wedding day). The pictures came back to us in good time and they were just spectacular. They captured so many little moments that sum up all the emotions, love, and fun of our wedding. We will truly cherish these photos forever. In my opinion...hire them. You will love your photos!


We're a team of NEW ORLEANS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS that provide a unique, intimate and customized personal experience with a candid, intentional and documentary style of wedding photography. We service all of South Louisiana, New Orleans and are available for weddings worldwide.

I have priceless and gorgeous memories to last forever. All thanks to Ryan and Rachael. We had SO much fun working with them throughout the engagement shoot and our wedding day. They do an incredible job of taking over when needed and disappearing to capture the most delicate candids. People ask me how I chose Swanson Photography and I tell them it is because I met with a variety of photographers who treated my big day as a business transaction. Ryan and Rachael did not. We met at a coffee shop and over an hour later they remained as engaged and attentive as they did when we first said “hello.” That sincere interest in our story, wedding planning and journey was all I needed to know they would treat our wedding as if it was their own. Not to mention how quickly I fell in love with their artistic style. It is so natural, so warm and timeless. The results are perfection. We hope this is just the beginning and look forward to collaborating on an anniversary shoot soon!
— Madeline & Jared.
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